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One day in Amsterdam...

doubleL Sep 27, 2009 04:33 PM

My husband and I decided to do an overnight in Amsterdam after we visit Paris and some family in Belgium. I am trying to have a great food experience in very little time. My current thought was to try some traditional dutch fare for lunch (herring and the like) and then try rijsttafel for dinner. Any recs? I am thinking we'll be near the Van Gogh museum for lunch and near Anne Frank house for dinner. We don't have a lot of time so we are hoping for dining suggestions close by. All help is appreciated!

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    smnadler Sep 27, 2009 05:07 PM

    There is an absolutely wonderful Italian restaurant in the Jordaan district (not far from the Anne Frank House). It's called Toscanini, on Lindengracht 75.

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      smnadler Sep 27, 2009 05:10 PM

      Let me add that, in my opinion, rijstafel is rarely worth the expense. Most places are overpriced, and overcrowded with tourists, and the food is simply not that exciting.

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        dutchgrub Oct 1, 2011 01:05 PM

        Agree with smnadler. People understandably are looking for authentic food when traveling and the rijsttafel is a popular option, but not really that great. www.tempodoeloerestaurant.nl does good, traditional rijsttafels and is fairly central.

        For a great local treat not far from the van Gogh museum, get some great french fries at hole-in-the-wall Vleminckx on Voetboogstraat.


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        AwesomeAmsterdam Oct 17, 2011 01:02 PM

        I second the suggestion for Vleminckx fries! Also if you want Indonesian, try Spang Makandra in De Pijp if you have time. You can hop on a tram from the center or from the Van Gogh museum and be there in 5 minutes. It's often crowded and you may have to wait but the food is great!

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